Pattathuvila Karunakaran
Born(1925-07-07)7 July 1925
Died6 May 1987(1987-05-06) (aged 61)
OccupationStory writer, film producer
Notable worksVimarsham
Notable awardsKerala Sahitya Akademi Award for Story
ChildrenTwo daughters
  • Kochukunju (father)
  • Kochukunjali (mother)

Pattathuvila Karunakaran (1925–1988) was an Indian film producer and short story writer of Malayalam literature.[1] He was best known for his book, Vimarsham and for his association with the film, Uttarayanam, the directorial debut of noted filmmaker, G. Aravindan, as the film's producer and story writer. Kerala Sahitya Akademi awarded him their annual award for story in 1972.


Karunakaran was born on 7 July 1925[2] in Pattathuvila family in Quilon district of the south Indian state of Kerala to Kochukunju and Kochukunjali.[3] After schooling at Craven School, Quilon and subsequent graduation from Presidency College Madras, he joined the Government Law College, Thiruvananthapuram but did not complete the course. He started his career as a journalist with Kerala Kaumudi, but soon quit the job to pursue studies in business administration at Syracuse University in the USA from where he earned a master's degree in business administration. On his return to Kerala, he joined the Calicut branch of Pierse Leslie India Ltd. as a manager and settled down in Kozhikode, where he spent the rest of his life as a part of the celebrated Kozhikode Cultural Circle, which included such noted writers and artists like Vaikom Muhammed Basheer, M.T.Vasudevan Nair, Thikkodiyan, V. K. N., G. Aravindan, N. P. Mohammed and M. V. Devan.[4]

Karunakaran was married to Saraswathi, fondly called Sara, the marriage taking place in 1955 and the couple had two daughters, Anitha and Anuradha. He died on 6 May 1987, at the age of 61.[5]

Legacy and honours

Karaunakaran was known to have been a private person, seldom appearing in public forums and wrote only short stories while many of his contemporaries turned to writing novels.[6] In 1973, his short story anthology, Muni, was selected for the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for Story.[7][8] He published a number of short story anthologies, including Vimarsham, Bourgeois Snehithan and Nattellikalude Jeevitham and his stories portrayed personal identity crisis,[9] reflecting the recurring themes of betrayal and sacrifice, seen from a cynical perspective.[10] His stories have also been translated into English.[11]

Karaunakaran could not fulfill his early desire to study film-making,[12] he was a part of the group which made Uttarayanam, the 1974 film made by G. Aravindan[13] in the capacity of the producer.[14] The film went on to received a number of awards such as the Kerala State Film Award for Best Film and the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Malayalam.[15] He was also a member of the Aswini Film Society, a Kozhikode-based sister organization of Chitralekha Film Society of Adoor Gopalakrishnan, where M. T. Vasudevan Nair and G. Aravindan were also members.[16]

Pattathuvila Karunakaran Memorial Trust, an eponymous organization, has instituted an award, Pattathuvila Karunakaran Memorial Award, to recognise the excellence in literature and Prabha Varma and Perumal Murugan have been among the recipients.[17]


  • Pattathuvila Karunakaran (1972). Muni. Kottayam: N.B.S.
  • Pattathuvila Karunakaran. Bourgeois Snehithan.
  • Karunakaran Pattathuvila (1957). Kanne madaguaka. Current Books.
  • Pattathuvila Karunakaran. Bali.
  • Pattathuvila Karunakaran. Sathyanweshanam.
  • Pattathuvila Karunakaran. Kadha-Pattathuvila.
  • Karunakaran, Pattathuvila; Author (1999). Pattathuvilayude kathakal. Kottayam, D C Books. ISBN 9788171309719.
  • Karunakaran, Pattathuvila (1981). Nattellikalude jeevitham. Kottayam: National Book Stall.
  • Karunakaran, Pattathuvila (2003). Vimarsam. Kottayam: D. C. Books. ISBN 978-81-264-0676-0.

See also


  1. ^ Cherukadha Innale Innu Naale ; M.Achuthan ; S.P.C.S. Kottayam
  2. ^ "Pattathuvila Karunakaran". Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Pattathuvila Karunakaran - M3DB.COM". Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  4. ^ Obituary reports in various newspapers on Pattahthuvila Karunakaran published on 6 June 1988
  5. ^ "Pattathuvila Karunakaran - Author profile". Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  6. ^ Articles in various magazines on Pattahthuvila Karunakaran published in June ,1988.
  7. ^ "Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for Story". Kerala Sahitya Akademi. 14 April 2019. Archived from the original on 5 July 2017. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  8. ^ Mohan Lal (1992). Encyclopaedia of Indian Literature: Sasay to Zorgot. Sahitya Akademi. pp. 4057–. ISBN 978-81-260-1221-3.
  9. ^ Edited By Rajendra Awasthy (2004). Selected Malayalam Short Stories. Diamond Pocket Books (P) Ltd. pp. 12–. ISBN 978-81-288-0479-3.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  10. ^ Rethinking Development: Kerala's Development Experience. Concept Publishing Company. 1999. pp. 40–. ISBN 978-81-7022-764-9.
  11. ^ "Indian Literature in English: New Perspectives". Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  12. ^ Interview with Saraswathi Karunakaran ;Pattathuvilayude Kadhakal; DC Kottayam
  13. ^ "The multifaceted film maker". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  14. ^ "Utharaayanam (1975)". 14 April 2019. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  15. ^ "STATE FILM AWARDS". 3 March 2016. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  16. ^ V. K. Cherian (31 October 2016). India’s Film Society Movement: The Journey and its Impact. SAGE Publications. pp. 191–. ISBN 978-93-85985-62-1.
  17. ^ "Pattathuvila award for Prabha Varma". The Hindu. 18 December 2016. Retrieved 7 September 2019.